Nadim Siraj

Journalist, photographer, sports buff, travel bug, atheist, family man.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

An atheist, a Julian Assange fan and a passionate traveller.

What’s your greatest fear?

Delhi’s notorious winter!

What is your greatest achievement?

Surviving Delhi’s notorious winter!

High point of your life?

A visit to Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt.

Low point of your life

All my math results put together!

Which living person do you most admire?

John Pilger, firebrand journalist and documentary filmmaker (close second and third: Noam Chomsky and Bob Dylan)

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Hercules Poirot.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Count Dracula.

Who are your favorite authors?

Robert Pirsig, George Orwell, Noam Chomsky, Agatha Christie, Desmond Morris, Bram Stoker.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig), Lila (Robert Pirsig), The Human Zoo (Desmond Morris), Dracula (Bram Stoker), And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie).

Is there a book you love to reread?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig).

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Pratidwandi, Gulaal, Motorcycle Diaries, The Wind Will Carry Us, All The President’s Men.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Having wings to fly (not good news for the aviation industry).

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

‘For All These Years, I Stayed. But Did I Live?’

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would time travel to Bob Dylan’s best years!

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Learning to play the guitar.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Hound of the Baskervilles.

When and where do you write ?

A purely nocturnal writer, I get started only after midnight – albeit with a cup of smoking hot coffee!

Silence or music?

Music (because music is silence in a chaotic world).

One phrase that you use most often?

We don’t know that we don’t know (borrowed from Noam Chomsky).

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I write only after sundown.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

News (!)

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

The most powerful messages are best conveyed through simple words.

A journalist who has spent his career collecting compelling stories across India, West Asia, Africa and Europe, Nadim Siraj currently works as Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He has also had spells at The Indian Express, The Statesman and Muscat Daily. He has travelled extensively to cover issues like the socioeconomic collapse of Greece, urban poverty in Kenya, life in pre-revolution Egypt, the post-Apartheid scene in South Africa and Nepalese life under Maoist control. Based in New Delhi NCR, he researches critical international issues and West Asian oil politics.

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